This too shall Pass.

This too shall Pass.

When a wave appears, no matter how big or small, when it hits the coast, it makes a splash and it passes.

Similarly, from time to time, we experience unwanted occurrences in life too, internally and externally. Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

We wonder, why me?

Why is this happening to me?

We need to realize two things here…

One, the waves are going to appear in your life, time and again to test you, whether you can stand in your path or not. Sometimes bigger than ever.

You need to stay patient, true to yourself, in order to stand through that wave.

Second, it’s going to pass.

Nothing in life stays forever.

Unless you let it stay.

Unless, that’s not happening, whatever it is, is going to pass.

Respect the Creator!

Respect the Creator!

This is something you might know, you might be aware of, or there are chances you might not know at all.

When a creator creates something, be it any field, art, craft, entertainment, sports, anywhere, there’s a lot, literally a lot that goes in each work of theirs.

For someone consuming or witnessing that, it becomes quite easy to just see the end result and probably, pass a quick opinion on it.

If the consumer has a different opinion, there wouldn’t be a second missed to have passed their opinion to the creator, irrespective of how it would make them feel.

However, for the creator, they have put their heart and soul into their work + lots and lots of hard work and efforts and ideation and execution and more importantly, time is usually spent on a single creation.

The creator has one goal from their creations, for it to touch the heart and souls of the audience, for it to provide value to them.

Although, what happens is, at times, the ones who do like the stuff usually stay quiet without appreciating the creator and the ones with a different opinion ensure to make their voice as loud as possible. Sometimes, harshly too. Especially on social media.

Without caring or understanding the emotions of the other person, without realising the behind-the-scenes of the work, that one comment sometimes breaks the creator.

The message that I’d like to send here is this, no matter who the creator is, no matter what the creation is, whether you align with it or not, whether you have a different opinion or not, first – respect the creator.

You need to have some empathy for them, empathy towards the person first, because they are a human being too.

Sometimes, the work may not have the expected results, but for them, they did put in the same amount of work for something was liked on a mass level.

Sure, if you have a piece of constructive criticism that would help them, do let them know with love and respect.

P. S. I did want to touch upon this topic with love and respect in mind, however, there’s another form of respect that needs to be shown towards the creator.

I’m simply going to go ahead and say it out…

Please don’t use a creator’s work for yourself, please don’t blatantly copy paste their work for yourself, please don’t try to remove their watermark/copyrights etc and use it for yourself.

Bottom line, if you do that, it’s just so disrespectful.


Always,

Always,

Always…

Respect the Creator.

A Sudden Jolt of Inspiration

A Sudden Jolt of Inspiration

Sure, there are people who are inspired with their goals for life – know the ‘why’ of their life and and why are they pushing themselves more and more, every day of their lives.

But, for most of the people, not everyone is inspired that way in life. They walk in the cycle of life – where everything is the same. (and they could be happy doing that too, that’s not a problem)

However, in this walk of life, something you must have experienced, either by consuming something or experiencing something or by having met someone, you could have suddenly hit this jolt of inspiration within you.

Inspiration to achieve something – to do something – to work towards a cause – could be anything.

Now, what’s to be known is this – now that you feel inspired – understand the why.

Why do you feel inspired? What made you feel that way?

If it’s actually inspiration, and you feel positive about it – then use it practically in your life to achieve what you want.

Being inspired is such a blissful moment because now you won’t stop – now you just want to go on and achieve heights.

Take in this moment, cherish it and walk the path of life.

Change starts with You

Change starts with You

Everyone wants to change the world, everyone wants to leave a mark, yet we forget about our own flaws and the dire need to rectify those first.

Change starts with yourself first, keep growing, keep upgrading yourself to a better version of yourself, better than before – until you reach a level where you can now bring that change to others as well.

That process takes time, but it also comes from authenticity and the courage to first do it yourself before you do it for others.

In simple terms, walk the talk.

#ChangeStartsWithYou

There’s always a way!

There’s always a way!

What’s on your mind?

Do you want a change physically, mentally or emotionally?
Do you want to change your path?
Do you want to change your circle?
Do you want to pursue your dreams?

Find A Way.

There’s always a way, even when you think that all the doors are closed around you. There’s always a way – you just have to find it.

Know what you are looking for – do you really want it – if yes, a way shall definitely appear. You have to be vigilant enough to grab that opportunity when it arises.

However, don’t stop – don’t compromise – that’s not the answer. Keep going, keep hunting for the path – you’ll find your way!

#FindAWay

Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Review)

Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Review)

Book In Focus : Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari

Author : Robin Sharma

Irrespective of having read ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ or not, this book is a deep dive into the important lessons shared in that one – divided into tiny bits of inspirational material, one per day, in its entirety covering 365 days of the year.

This is one of those picks which aren’t supposed to be read altogether, but, one per day, depending on what date it is.

Why should you read the current day’s bit and not the ones before or after? Well, you should focus on the day you’re living, be in the present and not focus on the past or the future.

Coming back to the book, reading it everyday and also, at the same time, sharing it with others was a blessing in disguise, because the daily bits focused on such important elements of life – that it made it that much more valuable having focused on one bit – learning it, understanding it, implementing it – and then, focusing on the next bit on the next day.

That is how I’d summarize this book, it’s a good read, one that goes on for an entire year, and can also be repeated every other year too – because why not, those lessons have importance in our lives on a day-to-day.

This is also a perfect time to pick up this book, with 1st Jan coming along and you could then read it exactly for a year, start to end.

#RTHRecommends

Pondering over the Past

Pondering over the Past

1 Day
24 Hours
1440 minutes

Imagine how much of this time is spent by you thinking about the past.

About your past decisions, about the steps taken, how you would’ve done something differently.

Its so easy to think about all of this – it’s easy because you can only waste your time thinking about it, you cannot change anything.

That wasted time is taking time out of your present, and that pondering over isn’t letting you decide your present and your future.

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Rogers

What’s gone is gone, let’s focus on today, let’s focus on making tomorrow better, let’s focus on making the changes that we can make today that will form our future and also be grateful for every decision previously taken, that has brought us to where we are today.

The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading

Education is limited, and knowledge is limitless!

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

To keep evolving,

to learn new things,

to expand your current knowledge base,

to develop in different unknown sectors,

Reading is the answer.

Books/ Case Studies/ Articles/ Blogs all come under reading, wherever you get to learn something valuable.

From all the advantages of reading, here are a few that I’ve noticed:
1. Increases concentration and productivity
2. Enhances creativity
3. Changes your perspective
4. Learning new things (that’s obvious though)
5. Developing your knowledge base

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

#ThePowerOfReading

Believer by Imagine Dragons – What Songs Taught Us #12

Believer by Imagine Dragons – What Songs Taught Us #12

• What Songs Taught Us #12 – Believer •

Song In Focus : Believer
Artist : Imagine Dragons

Listening to the song makes you think that someone is sharing their story through the song, which may be true, but it definitely has a deeper meaning to it.

It portrays the pain in every person’s life and the experiences that one gets to learn from those pains.

Every experience makes you look at things differently, changes you a little, and at the same time, makes you better than before.

This doesn’t mean one should look for more pains in their lives, but it means that instead of looking at the negative aspects in those situations, look at the positive too – when if you wouldn’t have experienced that, you wouldn’t have learnt something at all.

Give it a listen and see whether you can relate to this lesson or not! #WhatSongsTaughtUs

Understanding the importance of Mindset

Understanding the importance of Mindset

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

Mindset is Everything.
Whether it’s your routine, or your work, or your personal life, or your goals, your dreams, everything revolves around your mindset.

You need to have the right kind of mindset to move forward in life, to set the right rhythm amongst all the phases of your life, to be happy/ satisfied.

That process starts from your thoughts. Your thoughts define everything in your life.

What you think, how you think, why you think – its all important – it sets the baseline – it defines your actions and your executions.

Ultimately, you become what you think.

Which is why it’s said that you need to have control of your mind, control of your thoughts, control of that thought structure – Mindset is the most important thing in your life.

Our imperfections make us who we are!

Our imperfections make us who we are!

“What makes you different or weird—that’s your strength.” – Meryl Streep

Everyone’s chasing to be perfect, without realizing that perfect doesn’t exist.

What makes us, humans, different from each other, and at the same time, makes us unique, are our imperfections!

Those imperfections that make us” different” or “weird” is actually our strength – then why should we change it.

It makes us unique in our own way.

Love them! Cherish them! Flaunt them!

Know thy imperfections – because those make you perfect in your own way! ❤️
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#LiveTheZazzLife

Focus on the Positive

Focus on the Positive

In every situation, you have two options – focus on the positive or focus on the negative.

Most of the times, we look at the downside – this shouldn’t have happened with me/ why did this happen / am I the only one / what more can I do/ why am I not getting anything

This leads to unhappiness, self-doubt, fixed mindset, negative thoughts, negative actions.

How can you be happy then? How can you have more? How can you grow?
There’s only one answer.

• Focus on the Positive •

You can learn to always see the good in situations, in people. You can cherish that you get the opportunity to do anything in the first place. You can be grateful for the things you have. You can be happy with everything that life has given you.

You have the power to do all this.

Focusing on the positive allows you to do this.

It breathes a new life into you, a new mindset, fresher thoughts, positive actions, a new you.

Why wouldn’t anyone want that?
The choice is yours.

#FocusOnThePositive

5 Things to Give Up for a Positive Mindset

5 Things to Give Up for a Positive Mindset

While there are positive enforcements to add to your day-to-day, there are also negative enforcements which empower our daily lives and push our mind towards more negative thoughts and thus, a negative mindset.

Working on them and ultimately getting rid of them is the ultimate solution for the healthy mindset you need.

Here are top 5 Things to Give Up, which will definitely make a change in your life –

  • Complaining

– We often complain about the tiniest of things, thus having a problem if it’s not how you wanted instead of being grateful that you have that or you get to do that, even if its not what you imagined.
– Complaining overpowers most of our day and we end up complaining about most things we have or do rather than seeing the good in anything and everything.

  • Negative Self-Talk

– We often let others make our decisions and influence our thoughts, which unfortunately ends with their voice becoming our inner voice.
– Which ultimately leads to you doubting yourself, thinking you are not capable of something, or you cannot accomplish something you want.
– Unkind thoughts towards yourself lead the day, which inturn leads to negative actions/ results.

  • Living In The Past

– Pondering over our past actions, thinking we should have done something differently or a decision taken differently creates problems in the present and the future.
– The past cannot be changed, or altered, you have to live with every decision you make, with the path you take and live with it and not let it falter your future.

  • Over-Thinking

– One of the biggest things to start handling and ultimately giving up is over-thinking.
– Over-Thinking about what to do, how to go about anything, thinking about things not in our control – all of it creates problems in our mindset, on a micro and macro level.

  • Listening to People’s Opinions

– For everything you do, either before or after, everyone around you has an “opinion” to share.
– Usually, most of these opinions don’t matter nor are they constructive. They only hinder our growth and our decision-making.
– Listening to People’s opinions should be a priority when it comes to giving up things for a positive and a healthy mindset.

None of them can be accomplished in a day, and even when you are aware, it takes time to make it a part of your lifestyle. Practice, practice and practice is the answer – work on them one by one and let the change happen.

Rocky – What Movies Taught Us #6

Rocky – What Movies Taught Us #6

• What Movies Taught Us #6 – Rocky •Movie In Focus : Rocky
Starring Sylvester Stallone

Most of us have seen Rocky or at least, heard about the movie or the character… So without going into the specifics of the storyline, here are a few things to focus on –

  • You need to have a definite goal in mind.

Only when you have a ‘definite’ goal to focus on, then you know it’s process and the way to accomplish it. Without a set target, the efforts would be in vain!

  • With the goal in mind, and the mindset needed, you need to put in the work daily.

Hard-work, efforts and daily practice, the three factors needed to achieve anything you want.

  • Any and all dreams are achievable

There’s no goal that isn’t achievable and that cannot be set as your target – or so others might say. However, if it’s on your mind, then you should pursue or try pursuing it, no matter what – that’s the beauty of a dream.

#WhatMoviesTaughtUs

Change can happen Now

Change can happen Now

Change is the only constant in life.

Change can happen anytime you want it to happen.

Change can happen Now.

The question is, are you willing to change?

Introducing change in your life first requires you to admit that you need that change. Acceptance is a must.

Then, to implement it as a part of your lifestyle, you cannot say, I’ve changed today. The right answer is The path towards change starts today, the process is long, but I’ll keep at it and make sure the outcome is different from what it currently is.

What needs to be changed?

That is up to you to decide. Ponder over your life, where are you lacking, what needs to be different, what is it that you are not able to get, focus on that.

#ChangeCanHappenNow

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Stroke of Luck

Stroke of Luck

All of us have our journeys, our goals, our path on which we are currently walking! There’s something on our minds that we want to achieve – either an accomplishment of a task or checking off a goal.

Although, when things don’t work out, we are disappointed, we are in deep thoughts of the reasons why it didn’t work out, we ponder over our decisions and if we could do it all over again!

However, what if life had other plans for us? What if that path wasn’t the right one for you? What if things not working out was a stroke of luck?

That is what Dalai Lama said, “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

Of course, you can’t sit around and think of the ‘What Ifs’, but you can have a positive perspective over life that maybe things didn’t work out for the right reasons and maybe you need to walk another path to reach where you want to be.

To clarify, you might know your true calling but the path you thought was right may not have been the right one, which is why things didn’t work out the way you expected them to; and now it’s time to revisit that and think how you could do it differently!

#FoodForThought

What Songs Taught Us #9 – Sick Boy

What Songs Taught Us #9 – Sick Boy

• What Songs Taught Us #9 – Sick Boy •

Song In Focus : Sick Boy
Artist : The Chainsmokers

According to the artists, “Sick Boy” is a reflection of their generation and the struggles with finding identity on social media.

Drew said: “This song is kind about discovering your self-identity while living in a world where everyone posts everything they do and projects kind of a curated reality on Instagram. And that’s how we interact with one another.”

A lot of people front themselves on social media, and are living two identities, the real one and the virtual one. To garner followers and likes, they’ll portray any image they want to and post whatever gets them that engagement.

The wise thing is to beware of the fake ones and not be influenced by what they say. There are some authentic ones too, so it’s not all bad!

However, be self-aware and do what you’d like to, or want to, and not be influenced by someone else and form your own identity, at the end.

Don’t doubt yourself, and don’t anticipate people’s opinions on the actions you haven’t taken yet.

#WhatSongsTaughtUs

Perspective on Happiness and Unhappiness

Perspective on Happiness and Unhappiness

Your happiness or your unhappiness depends on your perspective!

“You can be happy or you can be unhappy. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” – Walt Disney

You could have everything you need, but because of your chase towards your wants, you could be unhappy!

Another person having just one or two of the life essentials is beyond happy, because he didn’t have it before.

This is also where gratitude comes in! When you’re grateful for what you have, you can then enjoy and cherish that and be happy about it.

Human beings have been trained to want stuff, more and more stuff, and only after achieving something do you get the happiness out of it – that’s the way we have been looking at things.

How about we change that?
Be grateful to everything we have and more, be happy with every tiny thing that you get to enjoy, that you get to be a part of and when that perspective changes, enjoy that happiness too!

Think about it, try it and see the results! ❤️

#PerspectiveMatters

Spread Love!

Spread Love!

“Spread Love everywhere you go” – Mother Teresa

There’s a lot of negativity in this world, especially with the access of social media platforms in the palm of people’s hands.

People hate each other, they want to feel superior than others, their ego doesn’t let them grow with others. The entitlement is enormous to create a rift with the close ones. With the internet, people now have the power to spread negativity in a matter of seconds – one hate comment here, one death threat there, there’s no healthy discussions in most places.

People aren’t kind to each other. When were you last walking and someone smiled at you or waved you a Good Morning? People all, but care about themselves. All busy, chasing something.

The ratio of people with the light, with the change is less at the moment, but we can change that one person at a time.

Be the light!

Spread kindness!

Smile!

Spread love!

Show gratitude!

The World needs more of that!

The World will become a better place because of that!

People will feel more happier because of that!

Change starts with You and it spreads! Even if not, you’d still make a difference and you’ll notice it.

Spread love everywhere you go! ❤️

6 Things to Do when you wake up in the morning

6 Things to Do when you wake up in the morning


Your mornings set up how your day will turn out to be, and your morning rituals decide how your morning will turn out to be.

If you have a cranky start to your day, the entire day’s mood will be the same. Have a positive start to your day and the entire day’s mood will be positive.

How?
These six morning rituals will help you kickstart the day the right way – they take time to become a part of your daily routine – however, once they turn into habits, the results start appearing.

A. Stay away from your screen for the first 90 minutes

  • When you pick up your phone the first thing when you wake up, instead of enjoying the morning, instead of filling your mind with positive thoughts, instead of being grateful, you are filling it with unneeded information at the time.
  • Also, how important can any notification be, work is priority, but it starts after a specific time; and if it’s not work-related, then what’s the point of checking all the notifications at that moment.

B. Make your Bed

  • There are multiple reasons to making your bed first thing in the morning, one of them is accomplishing tasks. When you accomplish this micro task, you’ve set the mood to accomplish more of such micro tasks in the day and make the day a successful one.
  • The second reason is habits creation; when you do it on a daily basis – it quickly becomes a habit. It also allows you to instill such similar habits one-by-one in order to improve your lifestyle.

C. Be Grateful

  • The first thoughts of your day, when you wake up, should be positive. Think positive, have a positive approach to your day and more importantly, be grateful for everything you have and everything that you’re thankful for.
  • Gratitude fills you with positivity and happiness – you feel thankful for eveything that you get to do, that you get to be, that you have.
  • Every morning, be grateful for at least three things that are important to you and think about it for a while before you begin with your day.

D. Drink a Glass of Water

  • Once you’ve made your bed, and with gratitude on your mind, the next important thing is to have a glass of water in the morning.
  • It, of course, hydrates you after a good sleep, secondly, flushes out your body toxins and also gives your brain fuel for the day.
  • This goes without saying that you should keep hyrating yourself on a hourly basis and have sufficient amount of water over the day.

E. Go for a Run

  • This is a choice for people, whether to go in the morning or in the evening – but it’s crucial to have some exercise during the day.
  • Preferably, morning is recommended because it kickstarts your day like nothing else, you’re charged for the entire day and you’re pumped up for your next task of the day.
  • Also, it not only gives you a physical boost, but it has an impact mentally too, helps you to clear out your mind, your stress and helps you to think more clearly.

F. Plan out your Day

  • Usually, people do this task the day before, but if you like to keep everything on a day-to-day basis, then you should definitely plan out your day in the morning only.
  • Have a clear outlook of your day, what needs to be done and what needs to be prioritised and not do things on the go, because that definitely doesn’t work out long-term.

Every day of your life is important, and every day needs to be utilised at its best. In order to do so, the best way forward is to have a good morning routine and have a positive and fresh start to your day.

Each Day to its Own!

Each Day to its Own!

“Each day provides its own gifts.” – Marcus Aurelius

Each day brings it’s set of gifts in one’s life – in the form of – learnings, mistakes, decisions, achievements, failures and more.

For each day is its own and it’s gifts make a better tomorrow, building a better version of ourself in the process.

It’s not wrong to look at each day as a new day, as a fresh start because it allows you to do different, be different and re-build if you want to – that’s a gift in its own way!

Happiness today, not tomorrow.

Happiness today, not tomorrow.

Happiness today, not tomorrow is the goal.

You need to be happy today.

Happiness is lived, not earned or achieved.

How do you do that?

• Being grateful for what you have,

• Loving what you do and,

• Loving the process more than the destination.

Three minor tweaks to your day-to-day life and you can start being happy today!

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

Baby Steps

Baby Steps

Everything seems difficult until it’s done, and everything that seems impossible starts with a single step!

A few baby steps towards what you want to, long enough for it to develop into a habit and ultimately a part of your lifestyle!

You try, you fail, you try again – that’s how the process is, for whatever you want to do. Baby Steps!

You cannot target to be the best on Day 1, but you can take the steps towards it, so the goal achievable by, say Day 50 or Day 500.

Start small, think big! #BabySteps

What Songs Taught Us #6 – Wake Me Up

What Songs Taught Us #6 – Wake Me Up

• What Songs Taught Us #6 – Wake Me Up •

Song In Focus : Wake Me Up
Artist : Avicii

The song, Wake Me Up, an Avicii classic is a beautiful rendition of a young, inexperienced soul wanting to live a happy life, wanting to just start, wanting to experience the journey, not caring about how the journey will end.

The young soul was living his dreams, not knowing he was lost, as told by the people around him, who persisted to take the safe path, to do safe things and not wander around.

People around him say that he is inexperienced, that there is a difference between life and dreams, that life will pass him by, filled with regrets of not settling down.

And the young, inexperienced soul wanting to live his dreams is fine by it, he is ready to take the chance, because in the end, he’s happy with the decisions he’s taking, and he wants to experience the life as is.

#WhatSongsTaughtUs

#100DaysOfSweat – Mission Complete

#100DaysOfSweat – Mission Complete

Day 100 of #100DaysOfSweat – ✅
#MissionComplete


From not exercising from 2016 to 2018, to now not missing a day of exercise since the last 100 days, it’s been a roller-coaster! 🤪

There were times when I was physically feeling low, or health wise, or I was travelling, but nothing could stop that persistence of going again the next day!

These 100 days have taught me so much and have had such a positive impact on me – physically obviously, but mentally and spiritually too!

And, of course, completing 100 Days is no way an end, but just the beginning of a beautiful journey and I now hope to carry on as much as I can.

I know this, the moment I feel I’m not doing enough, another 100 days will start yet again! Although, I do feel, unless absolutely necessary, I’ll try my best to go on, every day, as much as possible!

I’d also like to add that this is the best start anyone can have – just start, forget new year resolutions, start now, have a target and don’t stop! ❤️

The 3Es of Inspiration

The 3Es of Inspiration

• How do you find the perfect inspiration? – The 3Es •
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Inspiration is not something you force upon someone; one attracts it when they need it. Meaning, only when you keep an open mindset, will you accept it and allow it to change your life.
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• EXPLORE
Explore different people in your field, concerning the knowledge you seek.

You know what you want; there are experts out there spreading the real message.

Experiment different people’s learnings, check out whom you align with (that matters), and learn everything you want. It’s all up to you.
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• ENSURE
Ensure you observe the right kind of people because they’ll change your mindset, your process, your perspective and it could turn out badly too.

As mentioned above, you need to watch, learn and listen to people whom you align with;
Are their intentions clear with their content?
Are your thought-processes the same?
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• EXECUTE
Execute, irrespective of the results – only when you try and do, will this inspiration make sense.

If you sit around, motivated and not take any meaningful action, then isn’t it a probable waste of time?

The first 15 minutes of the day!

The first 15 minutes of the day!

What if I tell you,

when you wake up in the morning,

the first 15 minutes of your day has an impact on your entire day.

Those 15 minutes decide whether you’re going to have a good day or a bad day!

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In that initial fifteen minutes, if you think that you had less sleep, you’re waking up tired, you wish you didn’t have to work today, if you could stay in bed for the whole day,

guess what,

those thoughts have an impact on the entire day and the day’s events will proceed in that manner.

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On the other hand, if you wake up with the thoughts of gratitude, thanking for this life that you have, that you woke up, that you have the ability to accomplish so much this day and every day,

guess what,

you have set a positive tone to the day and you’ll feel more joyful to accomplish as many tasks as possible, during the day.

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Would you like to make a difference to your thoughts when you wake up?

That choice is up to you.

Enjoy yourself!

Enjoy yourself!

We are always in a rush…

To start the day.

To complete the task at hand.

To accomplish a goal.

However, in this process of chasing something, we forget to enjoy the process. Enjoy ourselves whilst we do whatever we do!

We are in an anxious mode of doing something, worrying about the next thing, and what about now?

What about today?

What about this present moment?

Always keep one thing in mind,

Enjoy yourself!

You’ll start seeing things from a different perspective!

What the Songs have taught us! #1

What the Songs have taught us! #1

//We are starting a new series on our page – Live the Zazz Life – a take on what the movies or music or books have taught us, but in the macro we might have not given a second thought to it.//

#WhatSongsTaughtUs

My Best Life – KSHMR ft Mike Waters


KSHMR stated the following, for the reason behind this song, “talking about social media and how it’s become a tool for measuring ourselves. We talked about how it can be freeing to submit to the fact that somebody will always have nicer things / more money / etc and from there the lyrics came together”

Mike Waters also shared a few words following the same video as KSHMR, where the singer stated: “[KSHMR] and I wrote this song about being grateful for what you have – it can be hard to see people more successful than you (…) but if you don’t stop and appreciate what you have then it can really eat you up. (…) Be happy for those who made it work for them but most importantly be happy for yourself, and appreciate the position you’re in. (…) You get one life, but it’s yours, and you can make it whatever you want.”
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//One song that has so much meaning, have you heard it yet?

A bend in the road.

A bend in the road.

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… Unless you fail to make the turn.” – Helen Keller

Ultimately, it’s all about the choices you make.

These choices depend on the perspective you have.

The perspective comes from the kind of mindset you have.

If it is a positive one, then a bend in the road is not the end of the road.

However, if it is a negative one, then you will fail to make the turn.

Never Stop Learning

Never Stop Learning

• Never Stop Learning •
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Education is limited, learning is not.

In order to grow as a person, to evolve, to upgrade to a higher version of yourself, you need to keep learning!

Learn something
– new
– different
– and, everyday!

It could be in any form – written, audio, video – either consumption on the internet, or having conversations with like-minded people, whatever suits you best.

That’s the key – Never Stop Learning!

The thing about Streaks

The thing about Streaks

• Streaks •

The thing about streaks is that it allows you to commit to something, that you have been longing to do.

Every day is a push initially to complete it.

The streak continues and eventually you do it long enough to make it into a habit.

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My current streaks (11.08.19)👇🏻
Day 152 of Daily Blogging
Day 54 of ‘100 Days of Sweat’
Day 65 of Daily Reading Challenge
Day 17 of Daily Gratitude Building
Day 48 of Wake Up and Water First Challenge
Day 38 of No Pizza Challenge
Day 30 of No Desserts Challenge
Day 65 of Daily Water Intake Challenge

The definition of ‘Opinion’

The definition of ‘Opinion’

Everyone holds people’s opinions on a pedestal and base their lives around it!

However, have you ever read the definition of an ‘opinion’?

A view or a judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

The opinion is not based on facts neither does the person have the 100% knowledge of your life?

Then why are these opinions so important?

Think about it.

People are scared to post.

People are scared to post.

Scenario A// What if I post this picture and I don’t get enough likes on it?

Scenario B// What if people judge me if I post that? *deleting post*

Scenario C// *Writing caption*

This doesn’t bode well in comparison to other people’s captions.

*Writing caption the 30th time*


People are afraid to open up on social media.

They pre-judge themselves based on what other people *might* think of them.

Authenticity is going down and more than that, people are backing out of posting anything on social media!

Even though it could have been super meaningful.

It might have changed someone’s life trajectory or more importantly, their own life’s.


What should happen?

People should open up and simply say what’s on their mind.

And target the audience that the content is for.

Instead of targeting everyone and worrying about their opinions.

Walk your own path!

Walk your own path!

Only the achievements are compared, not the goals or the aspirations or the journey or the day-to-day life!

It’s simply astonishing how the society works!

The best way to move forward in life is to follow your Journey and stay in your lane!

Can’t get any simpler than that!

Celebrate others successes instead of dwelling over them!
Support them in their failures instead of enjoying them!
To top it off, walk with others instead of trying to trample them!

We are an amalgamation of

We are an amalgamation of

Who we are.

Who we become.

What we think.

Where does it all come from?

Certainly not from a bunch of books taught to us during school or college.

We are an amalgamation of every person we meet in our lifetime, every experience we have, every activity we are a part of, our conversations, what we read, what we observe around us.

It all affects us.

We are a sum total of all that.

Heartbeats

Heartbeats

Have you ever noticed how the heart beats?

It never beats in a straight line, because that would simply mean you are dead!

It beats upwards and downwards (the heart rate increases and decreases), which means the heart is beating regularly – that’s how it’s supposed to beat.

It also means you’re living.

Our lives work in the same way. However, no one notices it.

If you do the same thing everyday, without any change, for the good or the bad, it resembles the heart beating in a straight line.

Life is about ups and downs. Whenever there’s a down, it also means that you’re going to rise from it and be at the top again.

It also means that you won’t stay at the top for long, and there’ll be a down soon and you should be ready for it instead of being stressed about it or dwell about it when it happens.

Live your life the same way your heart beats!

It’s all talk.

It’s all talk.

Some people talk about it, but don’t believe in it.

Some people believe in it, but don’t know how to talk about it.

Some people believe and talk about it, they are the authentic ones.

It?

It can be anything.
Life.
Career.
Finance.
Relationships.

Who are you listening to?

• Challenge #3 : Waking Up at 5.30 AM •

• Challenge #3 : Waking Up at 5.30 AM •

Technically, this should have been the first challenge because it all starts from here! Not necessarily 5.30 AM, it could be in that range whatever suits you, but this has been the best decision I made around 9 months back – it was the start of the domino effect.

It is a difficult habit to implement during the initial days, but when it becomes a habit, it’s the best thing in the world!
• I get the extra start to the day, which I wouldn’t before when I would wake up at 7/8/9
• It allows me to do more tasks in the morning and by the time I’d usually start my day, I’m done with most of the important stuff already!
• The peacefulness and the calmness around provides that extra boost, that alone time is the best when the whole world is sleeping and there’s simply no disturbance around.
• My day is more disciplined when I’m awake at the time I’m supposed to be and the whole day goes as planned! And, it’s a complete opposite scenario even there’s an hour or two delay and everything else thus gets affected – creating chaos in the mind!

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If there’s a habit to start with, my first suggestion would be this one!

Improving ourselves! (A personal story)

Improving ourselves! (A personal story)

We get so entangled in our day-to-day lives, with “chasing happiness”, with “attaining success” that we are always chasing something.

When was the last time we focused on ourselves? When did we take a step back or rather stayed still and thought about us – who we are?

I was the person I’m referring to, in the first paragraph! I had been living it, without realizing the mistakes – because that’s what the society taught us, because that’s how everything is around us.

Something clicked within me, that things are going good but I’m not content with it. That its time for a change. That I’ve to change myself, in order to grow.

When you ponder over yourself, when your only goal is to learn more, about what is right – you seek knowledge and nothing else.

And in this process, you improve yourself. Improve as a better version of yourself! A 2.0, if that explains better.

With a good period of time spent on this and having realized that the process is long but enjoyable – I learnt this, the only way forward is to improve yourself and nothing else.

How are you doing?

How are you doing?

Let’s start asking ‘How are you doing?’ instead of ‘What do you do?’ and ‘How’s work going on?’ to everyone we meet!

What do you think?

People don’t speak about their feelings and emotions! People don’t speak up whether they’re happy or not!

//Happiness is what matters, right now, tomorrow and in the future.//

Yes, work’s important and yes, goals are important too, but not at the cost of your happiness!

A simple question, ‘How are you doing?’ would allow everyone to live a better life and actually make them aware of their feelings and emotions! #FoodForThought

Introducing @livethezazzlife

Introducing @livethezazzlife

A life with perspective, kindness, gratitude, happiness and prosperity equals to a positive life.

To achieve that, the process starts from your mindset.

To achieve that mindset, you need to feed your brain with the right information!

Which is the reason behind starting @livethezazzlife with a motto of making Positivity Louder!

Follow the account on Instagram – @livethezazzlife – if you’re interested.

DREAMS!

DREAMS!

There are two kinds of people,

  1. One who keep sleeping so they can dream more and,
  2. one who wake up and follow their dreams.

Every dream is achievable as long as it’s practical and you work towards it!
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Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it!

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Monday Motivation

“You only live once? False.
You live every day. You only die once.”

If you think about the past, then you’d regret it. If you think about the future, then you’d always be anxious.

Be in the present! Live and enjoy each day to its fullest!

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Who are the Joneses and why you should avoid them?

Who are the Joneses?
“Keeping up with the Joneses is an idiom in many parts of the English-speaking world referring to the comparison to one’s neighbour as a benchmark for social class or the accumulation of material goods. To fail to “Keep up with the Joneses” is perceived as demonstrating socio-economic or cultural inferiority.” #Wikipedia
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Consciously or sub-consciously, all of us are trying to keep up with the “Joneses”. Now is the time we realise the mistakes we’ve been making! It shouldn’t matter to you what the others are doing if you are satisfied with your everyday life! We fall for worldly possessions because we see someone else accomplish something and now we want the same.

Someone else means your friends, your colleagues, and even those you follow on social media. The current trend is tied in with posting every expensive stuff you buy or do on social media. Now more than ever, it’s about telling others what you are doing rather than for your self-interest!

Ask yourself three questions the next time you do anything,
1. Am I buying this product/service because of self-interest?
2. Is this bringing value to me?
3. Do you care about other’s opinions?

Achieve stuff for yourself and not for others! Think about it and STOP NOW! The only loss is yours and not anyone else’s.

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All you need is a little push!

All you need is a little push, towards the right path.

Everyone needs a little push now and then, be it for motivational or mindset or decisive purposes. You have a choice of reading books/ case studies, listening to podcasts, watching self-help videos/ interviews; the options are endless.

Choose the right path for yourself, because a little push can guide you towards the direction you were looking for all along!

Connect with us on Instagram @zazzpreneursa platform for the do-ers and let’s make the community stronger!

Your horoscope for May!

Your horoscope for May!

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Sunday Motivation

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

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You Matter.

Yes, you do. You’re here for a reason. You may not know it yet, but the journey has just started! You have time to figure everything out. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Are you living for the Weekends?

Are you living for the Weekends?

There’s a mindset ingrained in us since childhood, about working Monday to Friday and then enjoying the weekends!

Everyone hates Mondays and calls it the ‘Monday Blues’! Come Wednesday; people start talking about their Friday and Saturday Night plans. Why?
There’s no harm to enjoy the day off but first, live each day to its fullest. Maximise your potential for that particular day, and when the time comes, you cool it off!

Bars and clubs out there have started exploiting this weekend mindset and provide you with mid-week and Friday night offers. Falling into their traps, you spend thousands of hard-earned bucks on just three-four hours worth of satisfaction and luxury, only to do it the next week again. Moreover, what are you achieving out of it?

Think about it from the long-term perspective. Does that activity bring any value addition to your life? People have their own choices, but at the same time, enjoy your other days too instead of wasting them on something you don’t love; only to wait for the weekends and curse Monday yet again.

Do what you love every day, rather than waiting for the Fridays and Saturdays.

Weekends are a boon to us! How about productively executing it to achieve your goals? Work on your personal development, act on those goals we’ve been trying to accomplish, finish your side hustle project! These points only matter when you know your vision!

In the end, it’s your choice! #LiveEachDay

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Frustrating Days at Work?

Everyone has stressful and frustrating days at work, although, there’s a catch!

When you’re passionate about your work, then those days don’t worry you as much, and at the same time, you know it will improve from there on!

The opportunities are endless today; anyone can pursue their interests in any manner they want!

It’s about self-education and self-learning, understanding from your own mistakes!

This is the first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning.

This is the first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning.

When you wake up in the morning, making your own bed should be your first pursuit. Here’s why!

A. Habits Creation
It starts with a small step. Doing this every day helps you create a pattern, which then gives you the confidence to develop more habits for yourself, thus making your day more productive and organised.

B. Winning Mindset
Everyone says the same thing in the morning, ‘My bed is calling out to me; thus I need to sleep more.’ Making your own bed creates that WIN in your mind, that if I can conquer this first task in the day, it instills the mindset to overcome the other activities as well.

C. Achieving Confidence
When you’ve had bad days at work, when you struggle with your daily activities, and you come home and see the bed you made for yourself, it gives you the confidence that if I could achieve this micro task in the morning, I’ll wake up the next day and try accomplishing the rest of the day as well.

If you’re waking up early in the morning, or at least, if you’re making your own bed, you’re on a path to have an excellent start to the day/ achieved significant success in the morning with the entire day to conquer more.

If you aren’t, start doing so and notice how different your day turns out!

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When do you need Inspiration?

Inspiration is not something you force upon someone; one attracts it when they need it. Meaning, only when you keep an open mindset, will you accept it and allow it to change your life.

When do you need Inspiration?
A. When you have a stagnant routine
・Without any value addition to your life.
・When you’re miserable with your everyday life.

This is the point when you look for inspiration. You desire a change in your life. You aspire to do what you love. When that happens, you’ll be content every minute of every day and not think regarding anything else.


B. When you want to grow/ expand your mindset
・When you’re performing fabulous, but you can do better. You’d like to improve.
・When you’re stuck in a specific point of your life.

This is the moment when you realise that you want a diversion in your thought process which will help you reach your destination. You want to improve in a better version of yourself.


C. When you want to learn
・You’ve limited knowledge. No matter how much you study and learn and experience, you still crave it more.
・You wish to discover more about your industry or other sectors of your interest.

This is the thought process when you’d like to learn more. You follow certain people, and you start listening to them. An endless process, one, out of which you’ll come out as a better person.

When was the last time you were asked, Are you Happy?

When was the last time you were asked, Are you Happy?

Every time you meet someone, the question boils down to, “How’s work going on?

With me, the conversation comes down to two questions, “How many clients do you have?” and “How many employees do you have?” apart from the general question above.

When was the last time someone asked you, or you asked someone, “Are you Happy?

Because, it starts and ends with that, happiness. Are you Happy in your life? Are you Happy at your work? Happiness is not a chase, but a journey, a state that we should live in every day!

Next time you meet someone, for a change, pose this question and see how meaningful the conversation turns out to be! ❤️

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Are you in your Comfort Zone?

All good things take place outside our comfort zone.

If you want to transform/ improve your life,
If you have a macro goal to achieve and you can’t progress,
If you’re troubled by the daily circumstances of your life,
The answer is, ‘To get yourself out of this comfort zone‘.
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You’ve created this stable world for yourself, where everything is going the same way, with no growth and no improvement.

To grow, or rather, improve as a better version of yourself, you need to escape that safe place. The grass is greener on the other side!

Every day, every month and every year, the smallest amount of value that you can provide to yourself, helps in upgrading to a better version of yourself.

What about Today?

What about Today?

Regretting the past? Focusing on the future?
However, what about today?

Without conquering today, you will probably regret the past, or you won’t achieve the future goal! Why? Because we don’t live in the present.

Ask yourself again; what about today and re-think your steps!

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#Inspiration

Inspiration is not something you force upon someone; one attracts it when they need it. Meaning, only when you keep an open mindset, will you accept it and allow it to change your life.

When do you need Inspiration? How do you find the perfect inspiration? Coming up in the future blog posts.

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・D E P T H・

Don’t think much. Just do what makes you happy.

If you’re confident of your decisions, then even if you fail, you would have no regrets.

The “Perfect” Scenario

The “Perfect” Scenario

Nothing is Perfect, and it will never be! Imperfections make us who we are! It applies to our life, personal and professional, work, relationships, everything else too.

You cannot chase after perfection, because it doesn’t exist.

As much as it applies to the macro situations in your life, it also refers to the tiniest day-to-day elements as well.

You can only accomplish something when it seems acceptable to you. Not when the time is right, or when you have to do it (external pressure), or when you feel its perfect enough to execute.

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Frustrating VS Passionate Work

Everyone has stressful and frustrating days at work, although, there’s a catch!

When you’re passionate about your work, then those days don’t worry you as much, and at the same time, you know it will improve from there on!

The opportunities are endless today; anyone can pursue their interests in any manner they want!

It’s about self-education and self-learning, understanding from your own mistakes!

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Kindness towards Everyone

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” – Roy T. Bennett

“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” – Harold Kushner

  • With no judgement towards others in your mind,
  • With an intent to provide value,
  • With a kind feeling towards everyone,

Your perspective changes!

You see your general surroundings in a better manner! In these situations, you have no other expectations, but to provide value!

That feeling is indescribable! Start showing kindness towards others by thoughts or deed! If you believe in ‘karma‘, then you should also think that the universe will repay you somehow, sooner or later! ❤️

How to motivate yourself on a daily basis?

How to motivate yourself on a daily basis?

Can you put in the same efforts and work with the same positive mindset towards your goals, every day? Sometimes, we don’t feel that push! There are inconsistent days, and during that time, we want to proceed with our day and move on to the next one, hoping for a more positive day with more accomplishments.

So, how do you stay motivated daily?

Here are a few pointers, which have helped me and could help you too!

  1. Have a macro goal in your mind; what do you want to achieve? That goal firstly should motivate you enough to push you a macro level. However, what about the micro situation, day-to-day?
  2. Reverse-engineer that goal into smaller goals, the more achievable targets, set for a yearly – monthly – weekly – daily basis.
  3. Write down your goals every day. Journalize it.
  4. Write down the tasks for the day beforehand. Either the night before or early morning, before you start your day. You now have the motivation to complete those tasks and check them off.
  5. After this, we still tend to bounce off track, so to keep yourself in check, you should surround yourself with daily inspirational material, wallpapers, social media accounts that you’re following, apps on your phone, people that you talk/meet.
  6. Most importantly, discipline is vital. Discipline keeps you in check, makes you complete all your tasks, enables you to push yourself towards your goals, and creates time from all your daily chores for your productive work.